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Court adjourns treason case against 3 Bayelsans till July 28

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa yesterday adjourned till July 28 the case of treason against three Bayelsans.

The trio of Preye Olomu, 49; Don Stowey, 43, and Alaibiri Alexander 42, are facing a four-count charge of treason and have been in prison custody since June.

According to the charge, No FHC/YNG/13c/2009, the three men were alleged to have “conspired among themselves to commit treasonable felony by forming an intention to (a) remove during the term of office otherwise than by constitutional means Governor Timipre Sylva as the governor of Bayesla State, (b) to compel by intimidation the President of Nigeria, Umaru YarAdua, to change his proposed visit to Bayelsa State and manifested such intention by writing a letter to the president and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code act CAP C 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.”

The presiding judge, Justice Olayinka Faji, of the Federal High Court yesterday directed that counsel would adopt their written addresses at the adjourned date, adding that he would deliver his judgment in the case on July 30.
Justice Faji did not hide his displeasure at the action of the counsel in the case and could not understand why counsel would not submit written addressees as agreed and ordered by the court.

“I will deliver my judgment after the submissions. There’s nothing I can do about it. You cannot pick and choose how and when a court order can be carried out,” he said.

The judge said he had earlier given an order for counsel to submit written addresses in the case that he had been giving accelerated hearing.


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